a holiday circus dream
adaptation written & directed by
Melissa Landry, Jen Derbach, Renee-Claude Goulet
produced by Cirquonscient
music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Storyline / Synopsis
“CrakdNutz: a holiday circus dream” is an adaptation and continuation of the traditional Nutcracker story reminding us that when surrounded by a community of support, dreams can come true.
Scene 1: The Holiday Party
Our story begins with the beloved, but not ageless, Clara who is now a young adult pursuing her dream of becoming a professional circus artist. Tis the season, Clara and her brother are hosting a holiday party with friends. During the festivities, a magician appears bearing circus gifts for everyone. Clara receives a new apparatus, although normally confident, she feels apprehensive and uncertain. After guests depart, Clara retires to bed with her beloved Nutcracker from childhood.
Scene 2: The Battle
As Clara drifts off to sleep, she falls into a tumultuous dream. The Nutcracker comes to life and with the assistance of circus soldiers they chase away her fears and self-doubt manifested as an army of rats.
Scene 3: Snowtime Shenanigans
Harlequin fun for everyone - Watch out for the snowballs!
Scene 4: Wintery Circus Wonderland
Nutcracker and Clara travel through snow packed forests, marveling at charming and inspiring circus artists.
Scene 5: The Land of Circus Dreams
The pair arrive at the Land of Circus Dreams, a lively and welcoming place where all things circus come to life. They are warmly greeted by the Sugar Plum, Snow and Dewdrop fairies and a collective of other circus artists. An entertaining showcase of stunning acts (sprinkled with a hint of romance) ensues.
Scene 6: Finale
Clara is brought face-to-face with her new apparatus. The Land of Circus Dreams is filled with awe and wonder as Clara, reignites her confidence, creativity and playfulness to perform for her circus friends. Awe evolves into celebration. Clara awakens, was it all a dream?
silks, lyra, acrobatics
Clara’s Brother, Rat King, Circus Artist
Harlequin, Snowflake, Circus Artist
LED poi, silks, antics
Harlequin, Snowflake, Forest Nymph
LED poi, silks, antics
hula hoop, trapeze, antics
Magician, Circus Soldier, Snowflake
juggling, LED poi, levi wand
Circus Soldier, Snowflake, Sugarplum Fairy
silks, duo silks, veil poi
Circus Soldier, Snow Fairy
Rat Soldier, Dewdrop Fairy
Rat Soldier, Circus Artist
acrobatics, diabolo, pogo stick
Rat Soldier, Forest Elf
Snowflake, Mother Gigonde
Music & Lighting Technician
voice of god